Nash Surprised By Latest Offer

Here's one we didn't see coming and apparently neither did the prospect. Tyrone Nash, a 2007 post-graduate power forward (or so we thought) is taking an official visit this week to one of college basketball's true national powers and playing this fall isn't out of the question.

Tyrone Nash was telling everyone the same story: he was going to prep school next season. After finishing up at Woodmere Academy, Nash felt his next stop before college would be one last prep year at Mount Herman.

Wrong. Maybe.

Last Friday, Nash got a phone call and it was one of those calls you don't get too often. It was the Kentucky Wildcats offering a scholarship and a visit. Nash was – and to a degree still is – shocked.

"I never received a letter from Kentucky and if they started recruiting me earlier this would be an easy decision," Nash said. "Do they really want me to come in and play or do they just want me on the team? They came in so late I have to really think about this decision."

He'll have plenty of time to think about UK because he's heading to Lexington on Wednesday for a campus visit. Still, just because Big Blue comes into the picture doesn't mean he'll jump. Like he said, there's some investigation to be done. Nash doesn't want to merely fill a scholarship, he wants to play.

"I want to go to a place where I know I'll feel comfortable," Nash said. "I'm going to go down there and see what they're talking about. I know they've got a campus that's crazy but I'll weigh my options and see what they're talking about."

Nash has plenty of options. Now Indiana wants him to come in for a visit. Seton Hall too. St. John's and Notre Dame are also in the mix either this year or for next year. "Schools like Wake Forest and Georgetown want me to go to prep school so they can see me next year."

The 6-foot-7 Nash sees the writing on the wall. The pressure to take a scholarship from Kentucky could be overwhelming. He's got to make a strong decision for himself and his future.

"At this point a lot of kids transfer and leave school. Colleges are scrambling for kids and I don't want to just … I know the history of Kentucky and I know how good Tubby Smith is but I don't want to be a person who just fills a spot on the team."


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